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Trust no one. That was my mantra when I began reading this novel, and it served me well throughout the book’s entirety.
The novel is told from multiple perspectives in alternating chapters. This method worked perfectly for this book. It enabled me to become completely engrossed in the characters’ lives, discovering information about them and their complex personalities. It propelled the story forward and kept me wanting to just read another chapter…and maybe another.
While reading this novel, I was constantly on edge, never fully allowing myself to get too attached to any of the characters, even though from time to time I found myself feeling bad for them and actually caring about their situations. I knew that I had to snap myself out of feeling for any of them because I was certain that the rug was going to be pulled out from under me at some point. When an author can write some pretty despicable characters and have her readers actually feel a bit sorry for them, you know that’s some crazy good writing and storytelling.
Too Good to Be True is a true domestic/psychological thriller. The lengths that the characters went to get what they wanted just astounded me. I didn’t know what to believe, who to believe, or if I could even believe any of them. Lovering took dysfunction and amped it up. It messed with me, kept me on my toes, and kept me glued to the pages, and that’s what I want from a book in this genre.